Vonnegut: Eight rules for a short story.

3 Mar

The American master of satire and science fiction, Kurt Vonnegut, shares his fundamental rules of short story writing. Having read this, I finally understand why I absolutely adore approximately half of all short stories and absolutely detest the other half.

Here are some interesting things about Vonnegut:

  • He often referred to his addiction to Pall Mall cigarettes as “a classy way to commit suicide”
  • The powerful graphic motifs that run through his book covers, he designed himself
  • He was honourary president of the American Humanist Association
  • He has an asteroid named after him
  • He has a beer named after him
  • The very last words he penned before his death in 2007 were:

    When the last living thing
    Has died on account of us,
    How poetical it would be
    If Earth could say,
    In a voice floating up
    From the floor
    Of the Grand Canyon,
    “It is done.
    People did not like it here.”


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